Monday, July 31, 2006

Mets Get Their Booty

Magnificents Add Hernandez, Perez from Pirates

The Yankees had been long connected with Hernandez, who didn't re-sign with the Mets after last season because of confusion over his role. But with Duaner Sanchez now done for the season, his role will be clearly defined as the prime setup man for Billy Wagner.

The Mets take a gamble here, taking on Oliver Perez. The thinking, presumably, is that Rick Peterson believes he can make a reclamation project out of Perez, who is 2-10 with a 6.63 ERA this season. He's shown promise, going 12-10 with a 2.98 ERA in 2004, though hasn't been able to find the same groove since.

This isn't so bad, considering Perez's potential. It must be noted that the problem with Pittsburgh could be in the developmental and/or pitching departments. After a sensational rookie season, Zach Duke has regressed, sitting on a 7-9 record with a 5.26 ERA and walking way too many batters. The Pirates always seem to come up with pitching phenoms who don't pan out. Maybe the change of tutelage will help Perez rediscover himself.

The cost was only Xavier Nady, which works just fine for the Mets. The fans in the right field seats better be poised for some high-fivin', because baby, Lastings will be back in town.